Have you ever seen something that is just…breathtaking? Something that makes you stop, stare, and try to take in what you’re seeing? Something that almost stops you in your tracks because it seems unbelievable?
Gullfoss is that for me. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen and there’s something majestic about it. We drove there after visiting Stokkur and it’s about a 5 minute walk through flat land to get to Gullfoss. The thing about this waterfall is that you come up on it and you can’t believe that it’s there. It kind of just appears in front of you, but not in the same sense when you see the waterfalls coming off cliffs. It appears in the sense that all of the sudden you look down and the ground has stopped and there is a wide river with a two tiered waterfall. It doesn’t sit above the ground you’re walking on, but instead it’s below you.
Since I arrived just after winter, the waterfall was still surrounded by snow and the trail down was still closed. So I had to settle for staring at the waterfall from above.
I’m not sure pictures will ever do this place justice. In fact, I’m not sure I know the words to really describe what I felt at that moment when I looked out over the waterfall and saw the country of Iceland in the distance.
One of the great things about this place is that it is still in nature. There’s a small house and an unpaved parking lot. Other than that, this place has no other development. It was amazing to stand there and stare out over the water, the country. And dependent on which direction I looked, I either saw blue sky with no clouds or a completely gray sky threatening to dump rain.
I have a photo of Gullfoss as my background on my phone at this moment. It’s a nice reminder when I open up my phone of how I felt at that moment when I stood at the waterfall and just stared. I think that everyone needs to stand on this edge just once and experience this waterfall.